A principal with many low-rated teachers blamed the ratings, inaccurately, on budget cuts. (Daily News)
Anna Phillips wrote at Schoolbook:
The Daily News looks at another Brooklyn school, Intermediate School 318 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where families compete for seats and applicants have to submit a report card and a recommendation from a teacher in order to get in. "I've been involved with schools in District 14 for 45 years. Parents in the district have fought to get their kids into IS 318 for 20 years. Ok, so being the national chess champions doesn't count for some. But the programs IS 318 has offered and its stable leadership team has been a mainstay within the chaos of the Bloomberg era reforms. Fortunato (Fred) Rubino, its former long-time principal, who spent his entire career as teacher, AP and principal in that school and was often pulled to mentor struggling school, has become the D. Supt, a miracle given the insanity coming out of Tweed. I've known Freddie Rubino forever and he is the kind of guy I would come out of retirement to work for.
I wish the new principal, Eric Windley, the best of luck one week after stepping into this hornet's nest. I worked with Eric in my last full year in the system 10 years ago when he was a classroom teacher and we set him up with a robotics program, which continues to this day at the school.
One of my oldest pals teaches there and had a very low rating. I met her 20 years ago when she was a step-parent of one of the kids in my school and she came up to volunteer in my computer lab. I watched her spend years working her way through college, then become a para and finally a teacher. One of the most conscientious people I've ever met. She received an awful rating for teaching reading when she has a Spanish license and I believe that was what she mostly taught. What, no published rating in the area which she is actually trained to teach?
And the UFT is willing to even give 20% credence to this crap?
Read this at Schools Matter which perfectly expresses what the position the UFT should be taking instead of caving.
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